Barry B. Powell is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison , visiting professor at the University of New Mexico (2007) and author of the widely used textbook
Classical Myth and other books. His is a specialist in Homer and in the history of writing. He has also taught Egyptian philology for many years and courses in Egyptian civilization.
This book is a precise and concise beautiful introduction to the poetry, the text, the philological issues, the history and the 'Homer-question' of the Illiad and the Odyssey;the point that satisfies a non-specialist reader without burdening too much details. This book serves the purposes of a specialist reader and an outsider as well with good bibliography.